Kagame, Tshisekedi, Lourenço hold talks on regional insecurity

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President Tshisekedi and counterparts, João Lourenço of Angola, and Paul Kagame of Rwanda held talks on rampant regional insecurity.

They made the declaration on Friday after their trio meeting hosted by President Tshisekedi on the sidelines of his father’s national mourning ceremony.

A statement issued at the end of the three leaders’ meeting highlighted their agreement to strengthen cooperation between the three countries.

It also stressed the importance of inviting other regional heads of state to the tripartite axis in order to “find ways to eradicate the phenomenon of Congolese and foreign armed groups and other questions related to security of the states,” they said in the statement.

They also agreed to revive efforts to promote peace and security through the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), an inter-governmental organisation made up of twelve countries in the Africa Great Lakes region.

ICGLR member states include Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Kagame later participated in a national mourning ceremony in the Congolese capital for Tshisekedi’s father, late Etienne Tshisekedi.

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